I eat varcht with cottage cheese perogies. I speak Plautdietsch. I know the difference between dit sied and jant sied. I wear white socks with black sandals and I always have knack sot in one of my pockets. I have 7 Uncle Heins and 11 Tante Leins. I never swear (unless you consider “dousent noch mole eint” swearing) And my last name is Reimer. I’m Mennonite,...right?
Plautdietsch word of the day:aulahaunt
What it sounds like: a haunted house in Bavaria
What it really means?
For those who may not know, there are more types of Mennonites than there are shades of smarties. In fact there are many variations of Mennonites that are as different as varscht is different from rhubarb pie. There are Amish Mennonites, Chortitzer Mennonites, Molotchna Mennonites, Kleine Geminde Mennonites, Old colony Mennonites, Sommerfeld Mennonites, Chinese Mennonites, Kansas Mennonites, Paraguayan Mennonites and Mennonites on dit sied and jant sied.The list goes on …………..
There are some Mennonites that believe that cottage cheese is the only filling that should ever be in perogies. There are Mennonites that only buy a truck if it’s an F150 Ford. Some will eat raw jalapenos, and others that think black pepper is too hot. You have Mennonites that openly enjoy music, dancing and even a snifter of port. Then there are others that cast absolutely everything as a transgression other than the most basic of bodily functions. You have some that are so over-zealously pious that they claim that they’ve never even "let one go" (not even after 2 rounds of baked beans). Many Mennonites have a wonderfully playful sense of humor and yet others brand laughing as unnecessary. Some only wear black. Some only were blue. There are Mennonites that will only drink beer if it’s on a hot day and some will only drink beer on a days that end in “Y”. Some speak Spanish and drink yerba mate. There are Mennonites that don’t eat head cheese and some that won’t eat pizza. There are generous Mennonites and yet others that limit the noodles in heena sup to save money. Yes,….there are many types of Mennonites. Doa sent aulahunt Mennoniten.
The realty is Mennonites are different everywhere you go. And Mennonites are everywhere. So don’t be too surprised on your next trip to Paris or Plum Coulee, when someone walks up to you and says, “na oba, kjenn jie noch Plautdietsch”!?
Definition of aulahaunt: all kinds \ all sorts
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Leina and Hein decided to visit some of their frintshoft in Aylmer Ontario. Leina was a bit narwees (nervous) because Hein’s driving isn’t the best anymore, but they really enjoy being together and making road trips. So they packed a cooler with tweibach, cold varscht, sweet pickles, New Bothwell cheese and puffed wheat cake and headed for Alymer.
Leina's puffed wheat cake recipe.
After the long trip, Leina said that she was so dankboa to have arrived safely. She was even more dankboa to see her frintshoft in Alymer again! She hadn’t seen the Pieta Hibront-shu in such a long time. (Sie haud sich je-bätat) Mrs. Peter Hilderbrand had gained a lot of weight from the last time she saw her. (je-betat = gained weight) The 401 traffic was terrible on the way back but Leina and Hein were dankboa when they arrived safely back home. Leina was also dankboa to get her Tupperware back from the Hibront-shu. They left it there on the last trip to Alymer.
(BTW,..if you see Hein and Leina on the 401,..stay clear!)
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